Thunder Road Café

4.3
1215 reviews
€30 and under
American
Thunder Road Café is based in Dublin's Temple Bar. The themed restaurant has been serving American diner food for over 20 years. The restaurant bar offers a selection of live music on Friday nights, and an extensive drinks menu to match their colourful theme. Cocktails such as a Woo Woo and Strawberry Daiquiri have made it into the specials section. Food is served throughout the week and diners can enjoy a selection of traditional diner dishes with a European twist. A chosen few to mention from the menu are Buffalo chicken wings, an extensive Burger selection, as well as a choice of Steaks.

We are now taking bookings for indoor dining only. All adult guests must bring their EU Covid Digital Certificate or HSE vaccination record, and photo ID. Please keep in mind that you must order a main course per person when you are dining here.
Otherwise, our terrace area is open only for walk-ins everyday for a maximum of 4 people per table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1215 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
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Lami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Please get rid of that gloop you call cheese! The nachos and burger were lovely if you could avoid that gloopy cheese stuff. Our server, Philip, was amazing! Friendly, attentive and funny. He made the whole dinner awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well we went out after a while since New Years and had the perfect lunch …

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ClaireG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Waiters were all lovely , just not what we expected , if you want to eat your dinner in a night club then I 100 recommend! Not a nice atmosphere and you would have to actually text the people you are dining with to hold a conversation as it is sooo loud you couldn’t hear a word each other was saying ! Food was very poor.

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StellaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The dining experience was great, the food was delicious, the vegan and vegetarian menu is really brilliant and so tasty. The staff were excellent. our only issue was the music was far too loud. It's a restaurant, not a nite club. Please turn it down even a bit.

I would recommend Thunder Road Cafe but stress that the music is far too loud.

The survey question about the noise is manipulative as it does give respondents a fair chance to say whether they were happy with the music at all. The options are don't recall to energetic. I was very displeased with the noise levels but in the survey, there is no option for me to state that because every option is positive which is not the case for all the other questions. We were shouting at our waitress and at each other.

I did ask for the music to be turned down but was informed that was not possible as it was a DJ playing the music. There are no volume controls on the DJ's equipment?

We did enjoy our dining experience but the volume of the music did spoil it.

So please just turn the music down.
Thank you.

JP
JayP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good spot, nice food, loud music and would definitely go again

LB
LoungoB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was excellent really enjoyed my friend’s birthday

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Ah2004
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great servers, great food, amazing cocktails. My boyfriends birthday and they gave us ice cream and sang to him!

DB
DeborahB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hi had a lovely meal and cocktails, staff are so nice and helpfull all ways a great atmosphere there they sang happy birthday to my daughter which was lovely My only criticism it some of the food ie starters is quiet expensive for the size but overall great experience

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Bree
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. Quirky and good value for amount of food you get. Staff very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my daughters in a shopping trip to Dublin and it was a lovely way to end the day. Food and service was fantastic

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AmandaO
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service very enjoyable night.

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Caths
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went to thunder road as a Christmas tray for our nieces 8 and 11 years. They loved it - music, laser, environment and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Service was OK, nice waiter but the food was really not nice. Also the prices has shot up since the last time I was there, about 18 months ago but a steak sandwich was16.95 and now 21.95. €5 euro or about a 30% increase in about 18 months is quite frankly a rip off. Last time I'll be going there

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Petetheman2000
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food good service personal opinion table distancing could be better overall fantastic

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Christeen
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Disappointed that they didn’t have a kids dessert menu, having a brownie for 7.95 but kids food €6.95 doesn’t make sense. You need to offer a children's desserts menu at reasonable prices.

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JocileneO
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staffs very friendly, good food, very nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really had an awesome time,nice food,good service and lovely environment.

OT
OpenTable Diner
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to take kids

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Kellie
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, brilliant waiters. Food was amazing. Loved it and can't wait to come back

CD
CiaraD
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great day for my sons 6th Birthday they went above and beyond. Food was amazing huge portions kids loved it.
Staff super friendly

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Was there in November could fault staff and food was amazing well presented etc yesterday was totally different got food order wrong my food was cold and tasteless amd wasn't presented the way it was in November my partner was disappointed took my son and nephew also and they would t be in a hurry back for wat we got it was 2 over priced

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was really nice, service was great, drinks were great, would come again.

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MariaT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice for festive occasion like Xmas can’t beat atmosphere good place for families very enjoyable good selection on menu

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

great restaurant but there was a 2 hour time limit which i didn’t like as i couldn’t relax and enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service 👌

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Have been long time customer love ribs and wings but food was very dissapointing luke warm and too much sauces, ribs tough not usual fall off the bone. Overall not the great experience we always had .

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Amiee
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time for my fiancés birthday, Phillip was a gent, professional and fantastic waiter he’s an asset to the team 😊

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SamF
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience4

Ordered drinks and starters both came. Ordered mains which never came

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AudreyM
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

We have always loved going on here at Christmas didn't get to last year given the circumstances but went last night food wasn't great but server was lovely and friendly great atmosphere

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SkyeF
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The place is very lively and has very good music. The food was amazing, I had the sirloin steak, medium rare and they done a massive job on it, exactly what I wanted. Overall it was is a great place to go and have a meal with your family or a date night. One thing is make sure you book this place in advance because the place is packed most of the time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Easy and quick meal with the kids in a fun setting. A little pricey for quality but expected given location. Our server was really helpful and friendly.

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MarianH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely relaxing time and the food was wonderful. Staff very nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner with our family...

KM
KarenM
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. Food (lots of options), service, and atmosphere were really great, wish we could have stayed longer because the cocktails looked amazing! Here's to restrictions lifting!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We weren’t very happy with the table ! We were in front of bins & it’s like our table was just squashed in because we were on top of the table behind us also positioned in front of 2 bins !
The food arrived & was barely warm !
Although it was resolved our experience wasn’t great at all

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NatashaM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went above and beyond
Fabulous food
Great cocktails
Can't wait to go back again

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nadinek
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eve
Waiter was lovely
We really enjoyed
Thanks

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ALam
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great cocktails and fantastic service

NB
NiamhB
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central, great atmosphere and amazing service even when busy

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Brenda
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Table was wonky! Toilets cubicles could be better. Great surprise having Santa there! Staff were fabulous. Food wasn't amazing but overall we had a really good time

FAQs

Thunder Road Café does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

Thunder Road Café is rated 4.3 stars by 1215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.